Grosses

'Fury' Leads the Way with $23.7M Debut; 'Gone Girl' Passes $100M Mark after $17.5M Take; 'The Book of Life' Solid in Third with $17.0MOctober 20, 2014 12:56 PM

by Daniel Garris

Sony's Fury debuted in first place this weekend with $23.70 million. The David Ayer directed war film starring Brad Pitt opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. Fury opened 8 percent ahead of the $22.00 million debut of Sony's The Monuments Men back in February and 21.5 percent ahead of the $19.50 million start of Sony's Moneyball back in September of 2011. Like both of those films were able to do, Fury will hope to hold up well going forward.

Fury opened with $8.82 million on Friday (which included a relatively large $1.2 million from Thursday night shows), increased 3 percent on Saturday to take in $9.12 million and fell 37 percent on Sunday to gross $5.76 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at a somewhat front-loaded 2.69 to 1. The audience breakdown for Fury skewed towards male moviegoers (60 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers over the age of 35 (51 percent). Fury received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

After leading the box office each of the past two weekends, Fox's Gone Girl placed in second this weekend with $17.51 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck continued to hold up well, as it was down just 34 percent from last weekend. Gone Girl surpassed the $100 million mark this weekend and has now grossed $106.78 million through 17 days of release. Before much longer, Gone Girl will zoom past the $127.51 million final domestic gross of 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to become Fincher's highest grossing film to date (without adjusting for ticket price inflation).

Fellow Fox release The Book of Life followed closely behind in third with a $17.01 million debut. The modestly budgeted computer animated film opened in line with expectations and likely received an added boost from arriving a couple weeks before Halloween and Day of the Dead. The Book of Life opened nearly on par with the recent $17.28 million launch of The Boxtrolls. The Book of Life started out with $4.99 million on Friday, increased 39 percent on Saturday to take in $6.91 million and declined 26 percent on Sunday to gross $5.16 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.41 to 1. Like Fury, The Book of Life also received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

Fellow family film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day claimed fourth place with $11.46 million. The Disney release starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner fell 38 percent from last weekend. That represented a very solid hold, especially given the added competition for family audiences from The Book of Life. Alexander has grossed $36.29 million through ten days of release, which is in line with expectations and represents a healthy performance with the film's modest price tag in mind.

Relativity's The Best of Me rounded out the weekend's top with $10.00 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden opened on the low end of its modest expectations. The Best of Me opened softer than most Sparks adaptations, with the film's performance more closely representing the $13.42 million start of 2008's Nights in Rodanthe. The Best of Me opened with $4.13 million on Friday, fell 8 percent on Saturday to take in $3.79 million and fell 45 percent on Sunday to gross $2.08 million. That places the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at just 2.42 to 1. The Best of Me received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore, which strongly suggests that the film is going over better with moviegoers than it has with critics.

In their second weekend of release, Universal's Dracula Untold and Warner's The Judge claimed sixth and seventh places respectively with $9.99 million and $7.92 million. Dracula Untold was down a sharp 58 percent from last weekend's stronger than expected start, while The Judge was down a solid 40 percent from last weekend's modest debut. Respective ten-day total grosses stand at $40.83 million for Dracula Untold and at $26.82 million for The Judge.

Warner's Annabelle placed in eighth with $7.88 million. The low-budget spin-off to The Conjuring was down a respectable 50 percent and has grossed a stronger than expected $74.08 million in 17 days. Annabelle will face new direct competition next weekend when Universal unleashes Ouija in theaters on Friday.

On the platform front, the critically acclaimed Birdman was off to a terrific start with $424,397 from 4 locations in New York and Los Angeles. The Alejandro González Iñárritu directed film starring Michael Keaton from Fox Searchlight and New Regency generated a massive per-location average of $106,099 for the frame. Birdman will receive a major expansion next weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Sun, Feb. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gnomeo and Juliet$6,557,897-21%3,01420$2,176$50,174,5422Disney
2Unknown (2011)$6,248,419-30%3,043--$2,053$21,856,3891Warner Bros.
3I Am Number Four$5,616,494-26%3,154--$1,781$19,449,8931Disney / DreamWorks
4Just Go With It$5,589,082-27%3,5480$1,575$61,034,1902Sony / Columbia
5Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$4,503,623-36%2,821--$1,596$16,300,8031Fox
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$4,049,383-26%3,11813$1,299$48,180,6822Paramount
7The King's Speech$2,202,637-22%2,086-177$1,056$103,241,50613Weinstein Company
8The Eagle$1,150,561-23%2,2960$501$15,152,6832Focus
9The Roommate$1,049,227-36%2,160-374$486$32,503,3063Sony / Screen Gems
10No Strings Attached$909,803-29%1,966-790$463$65,993,3205Paramount
11True Grit (2010)$776,419-28%1,465-607$530$164,128,0249Paramount
12Sanctum$537,015-24%1,377-1412$390$21,947,4003Universal
13The Green Hornet$524,037-18%1,265-825$414$95,076,4656Sony / Columbia
14The Rite$348,378-27%1,048-1159$332$31,392,4914Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$550,356-21%759-290$725$87,978,80011Paramount
2Black Swan$448,213-21%656-413$683$101,536,86312Fox Searchlight
3The Mechanic$327,291-21%952-934$344$27,886,0234CBS Films
4Cedar Rapids$299,360-25%10287$2,935$1,311,9262Fox Searchlight
5Biutiful$190,968-15%157-34$1,216$3,037,4648Roadside Attractions
6Yogi Bear$138,167-35%725-386$191$97,283,21710Warner Bros.
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$123,001-18%321-88$383$293,901,79414Warner Bros.
8127 Hours$111,613-15%240-119$465$17,412,20916Fox Searchlight
9Blue Valentine (2010)$111,205-18%235-158$473$8,829,6448Weinstein Company
10Megamind$94,509-21%214-38$442$148,244,40516Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Company Men$92,473-31%242-35$382$3,526,2545Weinstein Company
12The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$89,644-28%264-29$340$103,373,05111Fox
13Little Fockers$84,075-25%285-139$295$147,635,6609Universal
14Gulliver's Travels (2010)$60,563-27%235-73$258$42,174,2759Fox
15The Tourist$58,923-30%224124$263$67,239,12811Sony / Columbia
16The Dilemma$48,675-38%293-949$166$48,221,7406Universal
17From Prada to Nada$37,5093%128-124$293$2,810,4914Lionsgate / Pantelion
18The Social Network$30,446-19%113-65$269$96,760,02121Sony / Columbia
19Unstoppable (2010)$19,057-37%105-42$181$81,468,67015Fox
20Season of the Witch$9,861-34%132-44$75$24,529,4877Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$60,931-15%502$1,219$21,746,35649Warner Bros. / IMAX
27 Khoon Maaf$51,332-21%65--$790$164,1531UTV Communications
3Rabbit Hole$19,765-15%78-34$253$1,974,84210Lionsgate
4Somewhere (2010)$12,153-10%29-3$419$1,723,5229Focus
5Winter's Bone$6,332-19%20-6$317$6,421,49037Roadside Attractions
6Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$5,015-14%21$2,508$34,1942Phase 4 Films
7Immigration Tango$4,735-22%30--$158$14,4321Roadside Attractions
8Brotherhood (2010)$1,634-40%1--$1,634$7,8731Phase 4 Films
9I Love You Phillip Morris$1,583-27%9-14$176$1,946,13712Roadside Attractions